After missing six games with what San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich called a “variety of maladies," point guard Tony Parker made his return in a big way. He scored 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting in the 112-106 victory over the Dallas Mavericks last Sunday. The biggest news from this week is that the Spurs are finally healthy as a team and we may finally get to see what this team can really do as we begin the final stretch of the regular season.
Parker got off to a hot start as he scored 10 of first 17 for Spurs, rust? What is this rust everyone was speaking of? He did his damage with penetration of the Dallas defense and was on fire from midrange.
On Tuesday in Cleveland, Parker struggled as he shot 3-for-11 and finished with just seven points. Backup point guard Patty Mills filled in nicely as he had 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting and was 4-of-6 from 3-point range. It was expected Parker would struggle as he needed to find his rhythm in just his second game back from injury.no comments
The last time we saw Tony Parker in action, he was driving the lane in a meaningless All-Star Game. After a mentally and physically draining summer of basketball for the French point guard, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said Parker would be out for "for the foreseeable future" with "a variety of maladies."
Last Sunday Parker made his return after missing six games and did not miss a beat. He finished with 22 points and dished out seven assists as the Spurs defeated the Dallas Mavericks 112-106 on Sunday evening at the AT&T Center. Parker helped lead a balanced attack for San Antonio, who used the same efficient style they have used all season long to battle through various injuries to still have a shot to grab the top spot in the Western Conference from first place Oklahoma City.
The team continued to add to their NBA-best road record with a 122-101 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena. Parker stuggled and finished with just seven points, but he was not need too much as San Antonio easily took care of business against one of the weaker teams in the Eastern Conference.no comments
Before the NBA All-Star break, it was a common belief that the San Antonio Spurs' window for winning one last title for Tim Duncan was beginning to close. Media members were pointing to the poor record the team had against the elite teams during the first half of the season as proof.
Now with recent victories over the Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trailblazers, and the defending champion Miami Heat, our friends on ESPN’s First Take are discussing how the Spurs are back!!!!!!!!!
In reality, the change of tune shows pitfall of looking at the record without the proper context.
While no one disagrees that the Spurs did struggle against the elite teams during the first half of the season, the Spurs played many games without having the “Big Three” of Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker on the floor together. Along with other core players missing games like Tiago Splitter and Kawhi Leonard.no comments
AT&T CENTER – Three days ago Miami Heat forward LeBron James dropped 61 points on the Charlotte Bobcats in a win. Thursday, with James being defended by Kawhi Leonard (11 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals) and the San Antonio Spurs, he finished with just 19 points on 6-of-18 shooting in 38 minutes, as the Spurs blew out the Heat in the fourth quarter (29-13) to win 111-87.
Tony Parker (17 points) started the Spurs with a frenetic pace, but it was Leonard’s defense, Tim Duncan’s (23 points, 11 rebounds) strong play in the fourth quarter, Boris Diaw’s (16 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists) unpredictable playmaking ability, and strong support from the Spurs’ bench which led to the Spurs defeating the Heat. Here were a few topics to note in the Spurs’ 45th win of the season.
“He was a pest.” – Tim Duncan on Kawhi Leonardno comments
We will be tracking Kawhi Leonard all season long here at Project Spurs.
You can expect a specially dedicated highlight reel following every game specifically for one of the most exciting players in Spurs history.
Stay tuned all season long to relive every dunk and moment that Kawhi makes on his way to becoming the next cornerstone of the Spurs franchise.
After the jump the Kawhi-Lights from the Spurs March 4th meeting against the Cavaliers which resulted in a 122-101 win for the Spurs.
After forever and a decade, the San Antonio Spurs are finally back at full strength. The good news comes at a great time as the Spurs are only 22 games away from their 17th consecutive post-season appearance. March is a relatively relaxed month for the squad but they do have tough test tonight against the visiting Miami Heat. We preview the Spurs-Heat matchup and take look at how the Western Conference playoff race is shaping up.
Also on episode #318: Buyout market fallout, Tony Parker's return from the injury list, the 39 team assists extravaganza, and the phallometric contest that is "who had a more impressive night?" Stephen Anderson (@andersonstevem) joins hosts Jose Grijalva (@JRG1023) and Aaron Preine (@DukeOfBexar) to discuss all of this and more on the one and only Spurscast. The original Spurs Podcast.
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• Trip to San Antonio accompanied by not-so-fond memories | Miami Sun Sentinel
Miami Heat beat writer Ira Winderman says the Heat have bad memories of their three-game stay in San Antonio during the NBA Finals. The Spurs blew out the Heat in Game 3 113-77 and won Game 5 114-104 before the Heat won Games 6 and 7 in Miami.
"I mean, of course, we just played them in the Finals and obviously just going there is always a place of horrors. I haven't had a lot of success there in my career, but it's always fun going against a very, very well-coached, very well-machined organization and team, with so many great players."
• Greg Anthony talks Heat vs. Spurs | SpursNation
Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News talked to TNT analyst Greg Anthony about tomorrow's Heat-Spurs matchup. Anthony said it will be a difficult task for anyone to dethrone the Western Conference Champs and said Patty Mills could be an x-factor in tomorrow night's game. He also gave the edge to the Spurs.no comments
If you ever wondered what happened to former San Antonio Spurs guard Derek Anderson, you're in luck. Raul Barrigon over at HoopsHype recently interviewed the former Kentucky Wildcat, where he had some pretty interesting things to say about current Spurs General Manager R.C. Buford.
For those who don't remember, Anderson signed with the Spurs for one year back in the summer of 2000, instantly catapulting San Antonio back into contender status. Anderson played all 82 games while averaging 15.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists, helping the Spurs to a 58-24 record, good enough for the top seed in the West.
Then a flagrant foul from Juwan Howard separated his shoulder and ended his season in the second round against the Mavericks. The Spurs would advance to the Western Conference Finals without Anderson, but were swept by the Lakers.no comments
The San Antonio Spurs finally have a healthy roster for the first time since January 4, so the question on every Spurs fans' lips is, can the team return to the NBA Finals and win their fifth Championship?
While the roster is mostly the same as last year's squad, just how good is the current group compared to last year's squad that made it all the way to Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals?
Marco Belinelli was brought in over the offseason to fill Gary Neal's role and posted a career-high 27 points against the Golden State Warriors earlier this year. Belinelli is currently the third best three-point shooter at in the league hitting 44.6% from beyond the arc, and has on-court experience with Manu Ginobili that can be a solid part of San Antonio's postseason run.no comments